TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Kroger has bought land from the Sisters of Notre Dame to build a new superstore at Secor and Monroe. Representatives from Kroger met with the public on Thursday to talk about their plans.
The big concern at the meeting was not over Kroger building on the Sisters of Notre Dame's land, but of traffic. People living in the area say they don't want to deal with increased congestion.
Some people said they already avoid the existing Kroger across the street at Secor and Monroe because of traffic.
“It's a nightmare up there now where it's at now, but then if it's going to be across the street, you're going to have it worse than what it is right now,” said resident Jan Dustman.
Representatives from Kroger told the crowd they are planning to add an additional traffic light to control the traffic at the new store. They are also having a traffic study done. They say they're doing it all for their customers.
“They want something larger,” said Jennifer Jarrell, a spokesman for Kroger. “They want more space, they want more options, so that's why we are looking at building this marketplace-format store on the adjacent land, because we don't have the opportunity to expand in our current footprint.”
Not everyone at the meeting was against the move.
“Anything coming into the City of Toledo is great for the city here, and I am all for progress,” said resident Jerry Slemp.
Kroger is looking for someone to lease or sell their current property to. All employees at that location will be given the option to move to the new store. The superstore will provide 25-30 additional jobs, as well.